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Perkins, John

A Profitable Booke of Mr Iohn Perkins, Sometimes Fellow of the Inner..

      1642. Perkins, John [d. 1545]. A Profitable Booke of Mr. Iohn Perkins, Sometimes Fellow of the Inner Temple. Treating of the Lawes of England. And Now Translated Out of French into English for the Benefit of Young Students, And Others. London: Printed by R.B. for M. Wallbancke, 1642. [xxxii], 272, 271-388 pp. Octavo (5-1/2" x 4"). Contemporary calf, blind rules to boards, rebacked, raised bands, lettering piece and gilt ornaments to spine. Moderate rubbing to extremities, corners or front boards and fore-edge of rear board worn, front hinge cracked, rear hinge just starting. Toning to text, light soiling to title page, foxing in a few places. Early owner initials to title page (Q.T.P. ), occasional marginalia and underlining in same hand. An appealing copy. * First edition in English. A popular work during the sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries that was held in high regard by Coke, Perkins' Profitable Booke was first published in 1528 and went through numerous editions in both English and Law-French. Devoted mostly to the land law as developed in the Year Books, it is divided into the following topics: grants, deeds, feoffments, exchanges, dower, curtesy, wills, devises, surrenders, reservations, and conditions. Holdsworth, History of English Law V: 388. English Short-Title Catalogue R5477. Sweet & Maxwell, A Legal Bibliography of the British Commonwealth 485 (57).

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